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Please note: All students participating in study abroad programs will be charged a Study Abroad Fee of $140, in addition to the program costs.  Students will also be required to purchase Student Travel Insurance ($25 for programs of 2 weeks or less, or $50 per month).  Program costs listed below do not include UW tuition, the Study Abroad Fee, or cost of insurance.


Cross-Cultural Communication: Experiencing Beijing
(3 credits) [D]

Designed to study the interconnected relationship between cultures and communication through a three-week stay in Beijing, China. Besides experiencing how and why cross-cultural communication are filled with both challenges and opportunities in our everyday interactions with Chinese students from Beijing Institute of Graphic Communication, we will also explore the ways in which cultures and communication interact, interrelate, and influence each other through our trips to different cultural sites at Beijing, such as the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, Tian’an Men Square, the Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven, Houhai Hutong, Buddhist temples, kindergartens, middle schools, Chinese medicine hospitals, etc. View blogs from previous class’s experience in China. Students need to register for the course and pay tuition according to UW policy. A non-refundable deposit of $500 is required. Limited enrollment.

Program Dates: Summer 2017
Cost: To be determined
Contact: Li Li (


ANTH 4140: Archaeology Field School
(6 credits)

The University of Wyoming Department of Anthropology, in collaboration with the University of Zagreb, the Croatian Ministry of Culture, and the Croatian Institute for Anthropological Research, is pleased to announce an archaeological field school to take place during the summer of 2015. This 4 credit-hour course is intended for undergraduates and is open to students from any college or university. An introduction to archaeology course (e.g., ANTH 1300 at U.W.) is a required prerequisite. No previous field experience is required or expected.

For more information:

Tentative Dates: Summer 2017
Estimated Cost: $3600 (does not include travel to/from Croatia, tuition, travel insurance, or $40 admission fee for non-U.W. students)
Contact: James Ahern (


HP 4152: Cloud Forest Ecology
(3 credits)

The class will start on the UW campus, where we will discuss travel requirements, and the students will be introduced to general concepts of tropical forest ecology. Lectures at the research station and practical examples in the forest will include: tropic webs, insects and plant community structure, plant defense mechanisms against herbivory, canopy structure and epiphytes, and the evolution of crypsis, aposematism, and mimicry systems. We will fly from Denver to Quito, Ecuador, where the students will have an opportunity to experience Ecuadoran culture including restaurants, native marketplaces, historical architecture and cathedrals, as well as visiting the monument to the equator (where students can stand on the line of the equator with one foot in each hemisphere). From Quito we travel by bus to the small village of Cosanga and onwards by foot to the Yana Yacu Research Station, where most of the course will be conducted. On the first few days we will have orientation hikes and practical teaching and student research projects in the forest. While at Yana Yacu, during the day students will have many opportunities to hike in the cloud forest, will assist with sampling of plants and insects, will assist in the insectary (caterpillar zoo) with feeding and maintaining caterpillar cages, photographing and identifying plants and caterpillars, recording data, and preserving specimens for future research. During the evenings after dinner, we will meet in the library for lectures, discussion groups, and planning meetings.

Tentative Dates: To be determined
Approximate Cost: $1500, plus airfare of approximately $1200
Contact: Scott Shaw ( or Greg Brown (


FCSC 4960: Textiles Field Studies
(3 credits)

Scotland has a long history in textile manufacturing. London, although long recognized as a center for men's fine tailoring, is now recognized as an international fashion center. Paris is not only the capital of France it is considered by many to be the capital of the international fashion scene. Great Britain's and France's contribution to the world fashion includes textiles and apparel production, a unique retail system, and renowned fashion designers. This course is designed to provide students with an opportunity to visit British and French designer show rooms, textile manufacturers, museums, and historic/cultural sites. The course also provides an opportunity to introduce students to the British and French culture. The study tour will travel to Edinburgh, London and Paris. Price includes: Hotel Accommodation (2 nights in Edinburgh, 5 in London and 5 in Paris), Daily Breakfast, Ground Transportation, Guides for Tours, Entry Fees, Airfare. Passports, course tuition, spending for lunch, dinner, free time activities, and shopping are not included in price.

Dates: Summer 2017
Contact: Treva Ahrenholz


AAST 3670: The African Diaspora
(3 credits)

Students will visit the United Kingdom where they will trace the historical experiences of people of African descent through visits to slave heritage sites, outings to cultural centers and museums, and walking tours of Black London and Liverpool. As we visit these sites, we will uncover the hidden history of people of African descent as well as assess how their experience has been remembered and memorialized. This course is an opportunity not only to engage with the historical record, but also to examine questions of historical, moral and social interpretation in a unique setting.  Prerequisite: successful completion of AAST/HIST 3670, The African Diaspora.

Tentative Dates: To be determined
Estimated cost: To be determined
Contact: Kerry Pimblott ( or Tracey Owens Patton (


Language and Culture

Explores major cultural sites through one week stays in Berlin, Mainz, Dresden, and Tübingen with additional Saturday trips to places like Freiburg, Trier, and Potsdam. The program will encompass two courses: a German language course and a German culture course. The language course(s) offered will be based on the level of the participating students and will heavily incorporate the advantage of being in Germany. The culture course and its afternoon cultural outings will be in English. Course registration will be possible only after acceptance into the program. More information can be found on our Facebook page: UWGermanSummer.

Estimated cost: From $2,650 (if 20 students participate) to $3,300 (if 10 students participate)
Approximate Travel Dates: To be determined
Contact: Dr. Rebecca Steele (


RELI 4500: Religions in Hong Kong - Crossroad of the World
(3 credits)

After the British moved into Hong Kong in the mid-nineteenth century, it grew from a sleepy fishing village to one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world.  “The sun never sets on the British Empire” meant that citizens of that Empire were able to move around it, bringing their religious traditions with them.  These were added to the existing traditional Chinese religions already present in the Pearl River Delta.  As we travel around Hong Kong, with a side trip to Macau, we will explore religious sites and talk with religious practitioners from traditional Chinese religions like Buddhism and Confucianism, along with temples to local gods, such as Tin Hau and her Macau counterpart A-Ma, the sea-goddess that protect both these coastland cities.  Christianity has played its part, both as a European import and now an indigenous religion.  Other religions that have come from throughout the Empire include Hinduism, Islam and Zoroastrianism.  Hong Kong even has a small Jewish community.

Hong Kong is a huge, densely packed city that still has astonishing open spaces and beaches of exceptional beauty.  Though a fully Chinese city, English is one of the main languages spoken in Hong Kong.  As a result, it serves as an excellent introduction to Eastern Asia. 

Application and initial non-refundable deposit of $500 is upon acceptance into the program. 

Cost: To be determined (includes accommodations, some meals, in-country transportation, tours; does not include roundtrip airfare [approximately $1700])
Dates: Summer 2016
Contact: Kristine T. Utterback (


ART 4620: Studio Art Explorations in North India
(3 credits) [CH, G]

Drawing will be the main focus as students will draw daily both in interior and plein air locations to document visually and express aesthetically to the local culture. Travel destinations include tentatively the Andaman Islands or the Sundarbunds-wilderness areas in east India followed by about a week in Shantiniketan, West Bengal and the Kala Bhavan Art College to study traditional mural approaches and a long week in Delhi to study traditional wood block printed fabric techniques. Side trips to museums, galleries, artists' studios, archeological sites will be included. This course is for students to gain a fundamental understanding of Indian art and culture, to create a strong portfolio of drawings completed while traveling, to explore art approaches employing traditional Indian art form, such as woodblock printing on cloth or mural painting. They will also learn how to complete a body of work post-travel that exhibits aesthetic, conceptual and/or technical influences from India to be included in two exhibitions.

Dates: To be announced
Contact: Leah Hardy (


ANTH 4020/5000:  Cultures of Energy: Climate Change and Sustainable Systems in India
(3 credits)

This is a 20-day winter break intensive course on sustainable systems and adaptations to global environmental change, with a focus on cultures of energy.  We will be traveling around southern India, with longer stays in two key locations, Auroville and Mysore (one coastal and one highland region). Auroville is located in southeastern India, right outside of Pondicherry Union Territory (the former French colony), and about three hours south of Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu state. Mysore is on the other side of India, at the edge of the Western Ghats, one of India’s major biodiversity hotspots.
India is the only country in the world with a Renewable Energy ministry for its national government; their focus on transitioning to renewables can be likened to the US Space Program in the 1960s in its scope.  Advances in this area are critical to addressing adaptation to climate change, both in India and globally.

Approximate Dates: To be announced
Approximate Cost: Contact professor for additional information
Contact: Dr. Sarah Strauss (


RELI 3350: Religion and Globalization in India
(3 credits)

This three-week study abroad course familiarizes students with India's diverse religions and their religious practices and institutions. It also explores the impact globalization has had on the general state and role of religion in South Asia. Open to UW students at any level, UW faculty and staff, and the general public. Prerequisite: RELI 1000 or 2050, or consent of the instructor.

Estimated Cost: $5000 (Includes airfare, accommodations and meals, National Park fees and local transportation)
Dates: Summer 2018
Contact: Antoinette DeNapoli, Ph.D. (


Archaeological Excavations at Huqoq, Galilee

RELI 4500-03 Excavation Field Experience in Galilee
RELI 4500-04 Archaeology and History of Galilee
(6 credits total)

This four-week trip brings students to the ancient village of Huqoq for a season of archaeological excavation. Huqoq is uphill from the northwest corner of the Sea of Galilee, a few miles from Capernaum and Magdala. UW students will join with participants from five other sponsoring universities under the leadership of Professor Jodi Magness of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. They help unearth a monumental synagogue of the fourth or fifth century CE with a mosaic floor as well as key locations in the village surrounding it. Daily excavation work will still leave time for lectures by faculty experts and trips to nearby archaeological sites. Weekends will feature trips to sites of all historical periods further away in Israel.  Scholarships to cover a portion of the cost are available to qualifying students (degree-seeking UW students with a minimum of sophomore standing and a 3.0 gpa).  For more information on the Huqoq site, see

Estimated Cost: To be determined
Dates: To be determined
Contact: Paul V.M. Flesher at 766-2616 (


ART 4790: Japanese Art and Culture
(3 credits)

Japanese Art and Culture explores the unique cultural and artistic situation of contemporary Japan. For two weeks we will travel in and between Tokyo, Kyoto, Naoshima and Hiroshima in order to explore how ultra-modern life in Japan is tied to and culturally embedded within a larger historical and ancient context. The class will also discover the deep ties to western culture in the post-contact and post-war era. Finally, we will investigate the uniquely Japanese conflation of popular culture (anime, manga, Otaku culture, Harajuku) to the high art and culture represented in the national museums of modern and contemporary art. Within this framework we will discuss and experience the continuum of visual culture in Japan, as well as the intricate web of contemporary cross- and multi-culturalisms.

Dates: To be determined
Estimated Cost: To be determined
Contact: Dr. Rachel Sailor ( or Noah Miles (


UW Field Course in Kenya - Ecology and Conservation of African Savannas

Students will be immersed in an intensive, learn-by-doing field experience in central Kenya. This 3 week course will be offered jointly through UW and the University of British Columbia. Students will live and work on the Mpala Research Centre. For more information visit the website:

Estimated Costs: To be determined (Including airfare, in-country travel cost, accommodations, and most meals)
Tentative Dates: To be determined
Contact: Jake Goheen (


Can be taken as a credit or non-credit course
(1-3 credits)

As a participant in UW-Casper's 2016 Kenya Summer Service Learning Project, you will work at Hillside-Karati Elementary School in central Kenya. After seeing the need for desks, a participant in the 2013 summer program raised funds to purchase more than 100 desks. UW-Casper faculty, Lydiah Nganga and John Kambutu, delivered these desks in the Summer of 2014. The 2016 program is intended to support Karati School further by constructing a new classroom.

After seeing the rundown classrooms at the school, 2013 Service Learning participants Gail and Kaycee decided to help. While constructing the classroom, you will interact with teachers and students. You will also visit Mburu Gichua Elementary School in Nakuru and the Hillside Water project, sites for the 2011 and 2013 service learning projects respectively. Finally, you will travel to Maasai Mara, an extension of the Serengeti plains, and one of the most visited national parks in Africa.  At the park, you will study environmental issues and see how wildlife interacts with the local people, the Maasai.  During the course, you will reflect in writing and orally about the similarities and differences between America and Kenya.  You will also examine ways in which the course will have influenced you as a citizen of a “globalized” world.

For more program information please go to, or to see the 2013 UW/CC Hillside water project, visit  Scholarships for registered project participants are available. Please contact Scholarships will be based on a first-come, first-served basis. For UW-Casper students, other specific scholarships might apply.

A $500 non-refundable deposit is needed to reserve your seat (both students and general public). Deposit is due by November 3, 2015.  Registration is now open. Please call (307) 268-2713 to make your reservation.

Estimated Cost: $2,900; does not include roundtrip airfare, tuition & fees, passport, visa, pocket money, or immunizations.
Dates: To be determined
Contact: Lydiah Nganga (, or call (307) 268-3042


AECL 4960:  Karibu Kenya!  Culture and Agriculture in Africa
(2 credits)

Karibu Kenya!” or “Welcome to Kenya” in Kiswahili is a two-credit course designed for UW students and faculty. It offers the opportunity to travel to western Kenya to explore sustainable agricultural development and education for smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa.  The course will last 12 days with additional one day of travel on each end. Participants will learn about agriculture, art, history, geography of the Rift Valley, current issues faced by small holder farmers and conflicts between wildlife and indigenous cattle grazing.  Specifically, students will have an opportunity to visit with local farmers, representatives from NGOs supporting low income communities, research institutions, and large scale horticultural enterprises such greenhouse cut-flower production for export and tea plantations and factories. Travel will also include a one-day community service activities based on ideas previously developed by student participants.   In addition, students will have an opportunity to visit natural game preserves (Masai Mara and Hell’s Gate National Park). 

The entire cost of this trip is estimated at about $3,500.00 per student, including airfare, game safaris, room & board and travel in Kenya.  Specific itemized costs will be provided to students who attend the organizational and preparatory meetings. A valid passport and immunization records are required.  Scholarships are available up to $3,500.00 to defer student costs and need to be solicited individually.

Estimated Dates: To be determined
Estimated Cost: $3500
Contact: Emmanuel Omondi ( or Urszula Norton (


ARE 3030 Architectural History [CH, G] (3 credits)
ARE 4920 Contemporary Architecture and Engineering (3 credits)

The goal of the Architecture summer study abroad program is to teach the history of Western Architecture and Engineering first–hand, from the classics up to the contemporary leaders in both the design and engineering world. Paris and London are two of the most influential and innovative cites for architecture and engineering in the history of Western civilization. In addition to their rich historic fabric both cities currently vie to be seen as leaders in the building design world, becoming home base for many internationally acclaimed architects and engineers from around the globe. The study abroad program aims to fully immerse the students into each design culture through both the study of historic buildings and office visits including research projects with several of the top innovating firms in the profession.  

ARE 3030 Architectural History: Open to both UW students and community members. The History of architecture and urbanism is surveyed, with an emphasis on Florence, Rome, Paris, and London examples. This course is structured around site visits, where architecture is studied first-hand, and supplemented by lectures and readings. Students will be keep a travel journal that includes field sketches, descriptions, and photo-documentation.  Before heading abroad, the first week of lecture will be on campus in Laramie.

ARE 4920 Contemporary Architecture & Engineering: In addition to their rich historic fabric, both Paris and London vie to be seen as leaders in the building design world, becoming home base for many internationally acclaimed architects and engineers from around the globe. The study abroad program aims to fully immerse the students into each design culture through office visits and research projects with several of the most innovative firms in the profession. Students will learn about emerging design, analysis, engineering, construction, and fabrication methods firsthand through site and office visits. For architectural engineering majors, this course fulfills the “major elective.” Prerequisite: ARE 1600.

A scholarship is available to students with at least sophomore standing and a minimum 3.0 gpa

Program Cost: $3300 (does not include airfare or meals)
Estimated Dates: Summer 2017
Contact: Jon Gardzelewski (


REWM 4990: Field Experience in Ecosystem Services of Loreto (Baja Sur, Mexico)
(1 credit)

Field and experiential-based understanding of 1) ecosystem services in Loreto, Baja, 2) how they relate to ecology, land-use policy, natural resources economics and culture, and 3) comparing the Loreto system to the sage-steppe system in Wyoming. Wyoming students will join and work with an approximately equal number of local students (from La Universidad Autonóma de Baja California Sur (UABCS) – Loreto campus) to promote cross-cultural exchange. The course will include cognitive (knowledge), affective (attitude, understanding), and psychomotor (skill) components. An application is required for admission into this program.

Dates: Summer 2016
Estimated cost: To be determined
Contact: Melanie Murphy (


Art and Culture of the Yucatán (6 credits)

The course will last eight weeks, which will be split between two weeks at UW and six weeks in Yucatán, Mexico. Students will receive six credits divided between two course numbers (a seminar and an independent study) registered through their own departments or colleges. 

Following the 2-week  portion in Laramie, students will have a foundation for understanding the archaeological and historical sites we visit and the people and cultural traditions we encounter.  Apart from planned weekend excursions back to Mérida, Yucatán’s capital city, and to the archaeological site of Chichén Itzá (in eastern Yucatán), students will be based in Santa Elena, a rural village of 4,500 people in the southwestern part of the state for the duration of the 6 weeks abroad. From here they will attend their biweekly seminar class, Maya Art and Culture; engage in weekly meetings with Dr. Scott on their independent research projects; and venture out to meet with their project mentors in Santa Elena or in surrounding towns. 

Dates: To be determined
Program Cost: To be determined (includes lodging, most meals, excursions, local transportation; does not include round-trip airfare [approx. $900]). Please see the brochure or website for additional expenses not included in program costs.
Contact: Mary Katherine Scott (


RNEW 4990/5990: Environmental Quality in the Himalayas
(3 credits)
A study abroad course is being offered that will take students to the interior of the third pole, the Nepalese Himalayas, to learn about environmental quality. The course will involve students from the University of Wyoming in Laramie and Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu. The objective of the course will be to experience and observe different aspects of the environment and its associated issues in Kathmandu Valley and high mountain setting as well as get acquainted with some of the key environmental challenges facing Nepal. Scientists from the University of Wyoming, California State University- Fresno, and Tribhuvan University will be instructors and mentors. Enrollees in the course will spend a few days in Kathmandu Valley, known for its historic sites, ancient temples, religious shrines, and captivating villages. While in Kathmandu city, students will be able to encounter locals amidst Durbar Square’s monuments or join trekkers in happening Thamel. Course activities in Kathmandu Valley include examination of municipal solid waste composting in Kathmandu city and tour of an exclusively women led waste recovery plant. Lessons learned in the field will closely be reinforced in lectures by some top scientists and practitioners.

Next, students will travel to the picturesque town of Pokhara and then trek to Annapurna Conservation Area (ACA), where they will have the rare opportunity to interact with local people including Pun communities and their agricultural practices in Sikha village nestled at the foot of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna. Seven days trek will bring students through interior of temperate broad-leaved rain forest with breathtaking views of the tallest peaks in the world. The route will take students across the beautiful terraces in mountain slopes, world’s deepest gorge, and to a holy temple of Muktinath in a hidden kingdom of Mustang to provide insight in man-nature interplay within the matchless beauty of Annapurna range and Kali Gandaki River basin.

The study will conclude with a field tour of deep gorges, magnificent lakes, and stunning view of the Himalayas from Pokhara and presentations by students in Kathmandu.

Prerequisites: Junior, senior or graduate standing with 3.0 GPA.  

Participation in this program requires several days of strenuous hiking while carrying a backpack at high elevations.

Dates: Summer 2018
Estimated cost: $2,000 plus airfare, and visa fee. Scholarships are available for qualifying students.
Contact: Peter Stahl ( or Mohan Dangi (


INBU 4570/5570: Global Business Issues
(3 credits)

With some of the highest per capita living standards in the world, Norway and Sweden provide a vibrant location to examine business and its relationship with society.  This class will focus on sustainability in Norway and Sweden from the perspectives of ecological, economic, and social/cultural sustainability, through class readings, discussions, and visits to businesses and cultural sites.
Offered primarily online via WyoCourses during the spring 2016 semester (class begins January 25th).  Travel to Norway and Sweden is in May.

Dates:  To be determined
Estimated Cost: $4900 (costs will be kept as low as possible)
Contact: Terri Rittenburg (


ANTH 4140-05:  Field School in Peruvian Archaeology
(6 credits)

Students in this class will participate in the survey and excavation at the site of Callacpuma (~200 BC-AD 1532).  Callacpuma is a large multicomponent site with public architecture, households, caves, and rock art. Participants will survey, map and excavate architectural and cave contexts, as well as record the rock art.

Students will come away from the course with an understanding of contemporary methods of archaeological survey, mapping, and excavation. Students will also gain experience in the recording, processing and in the preliminary analysis of excavated materials, including ceramics, lithic artifacts, metal artifacts, botanical and faunal remains, and human remains.

Students will live in nearby Baños del Inca, a town known for its hot springs, and explore the colonial city of Cajamarca (5km from Baños del Inca).

Full project/course information is available at

Dates: to be determined
Estimated Cost: $3600
Contact: Jason Toohey ( or Melissa Murphy (


Sports Economics (3 credits)

Through visits to historic and cultural venues and events, and lectures by people involved in the sports industry, students will gain a better understanding of the unique position sports occupy in the European culture.  This is a three week course designed to investigate the current economic issues in popular sports in the UK and Ireland.  Students will become familiar with the league structures, rules, championship contests and outcomes of the most popular sports in the UK and Ireland, including soccer, cricket, rugby, Gaelic football, hurling golf and tennis.  The current debate over the hosting of mega events such as the Olympics will also be discussed.

Dates: To be announced
Cost: To be determined
Contact: Amber Brown (


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